Dead Guy Ale
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Bock - Maibock
Ranked #3
Ranked #10,594
3.96 | pDev: 12.37%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale
Notes: An ale inspired by the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.

9 Ingredients: 2-Row, C15, Munich, Rogue Farms Dare™, Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution™ & Independent™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting Octoberfest type beer. Smell is of spices and orange peel. Has a full bodied feel. Taste is a bit all over the place. I don't know if this beer wants to be a marzen or a pale ale. You get a bit of honey along with a nice Bock hop taste. Some citrus with coriander. Interesting beer and can't say I've had one quite like this.

Oct 09, 2021
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gvickery from Texas

2.97/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber small white head, not much retention. Way to dark for the style.
Smells of caramel, brown bread, for the most part it smells good.
Tastes initially sweet but a huge hit of bittering hops hits you straight away. The hops completely drown out the malts. A Maibock should be malt forward with the hops way in the background. I can’t say this is a bad beer it’s just not anything like a maibock.

Oct 08, 2021
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Utica_Club_1971 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can dated 6/18/21 -- exactly 3 months ago. Purchased at MV Wine & Spirits, Martha's Vineyard.
Poured into an ordinary tumbler.

I normally only drink IPAs but decided to give this a shot since this store has increasingly tended to stop stocking my favorite IPAs, which also happen to be inexpensive (Jai Alai, Zombie Dust, Racer 5, etc), and replaced them with beers that go for $21 for a 4-pack. This Dead Guy Ale was something like $12.50 for a sixpack.

Dark amber color, very little head. Smells malty. Actually to this IPA drinker, it smells very, very malty. And sweet. Not much lacing, although I admit that I've never understood why that matters & never pay attention to it. (Full disclosure: the tumbler I'm drinking it from is made of plastic. The horror! The horror!)

The taste is, at first, very malty, like a porter or a stout. But it then yields some complexity, with some of the typical hoppy flavors (grapefruit, pine, etc) asserting themselves. There is a definite temporal aspect. The taste changes over a second or two, as it does in all beers worth drinking.

The mouthfeel is towards the thick, stout side, but it's not as viscous those porters that make you feel like you're drinking a malted milk shake. It's quite pleasant. It's pretty much what I consider perfect texture for a beer, something missing in many IPAs — even the good ones. Carbonation is also at the goldilocks point; not too bubbly, not too flat.

Overall I'd say it's very good. I'm enjoying it. But I don't expect it to buy it again anytime soon because I'm really not a big fan of malty beers. If you like porters & stouts & maibocks, you should read reviews of Dead Guy Ale written by people who like those kinds of beers. They're sure to be more helpful than this one.

Sep 18, 2021
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heartdept from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

aight so,

just poured this mf up rn. shit looks like an amber ale idk it's cool.
light smell, kinda caramel-ish and toasted which reflex's the taste.
this bitch is toasty but not TOO toasty, you feel me? Got some nutty flavor in there and caramel/bread
SUPER CRISP, def try this one while your sick with Havana syndrome on a hot day/cool fall evening
mouth feel is medium bodied but v pleasant

overall pretty pleasantly surprised, i thought this was gonna be an unbearable hoppy IPA type (i know it's not an IPA) but i would gdef buy this again.

cheers fellas!

Sep 15, 2021
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Has a dark brown/amberish color with more than a finger's worth of creamy head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: caramel, toffee, brown/burnt sugar, toasted malts and nuts, vanilla, apples, yeast, and brown bread.

Tastes almost kinda sweet, while also being bready and nutty too more so. Notes from the aroma altogether make this beer. Body is medium-light.

Sep 14, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: First the can. It's difficult to make him look good on a cooler display. I noticed that the brewery was founded in 1988. It's caramel brown on the pour and moderately active. The bubbles are small and prickly and it's filmy/glossy too.

S: Caramel malty notes with a light brushing of hops.

T: It's almost sweet but pulled back from the brink with a mild IBU rating. (25? 30?). I'm relieved by the lack of nuttiness. Again, it's very malty. There are 5 grains to 1 hop.

F: Heavy, but it has to be to contain all this goodness. It's smooth on the palate, and I wouldn't guess that it was 6.8%.

O: Given the age of the brewery and the ubiquitous-ness of the Rogue™ brand, tracking down the Dead Guy is an easy task. Ask a beer to stock it for you, prepay for your case even. You might not find him on the shelves, but trust me, he is at a warehouse nearby.

Jul 05, 2021
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TedHead from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty translucent copper with a very small tan head. It smells like toasty malts with a decent amount of banana yeast smell to it. The taste is pleasantly malty without being too heavy, too sweet or too bitter. This one goes down like a dream. Overall an exceptional beer and a great example of a maibock.

Jun 28, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear, dark orange to amber color with a strong head. Not pale at all surprisingly. (4.00)

Aroma: : Strong and malty aromas of rich caramel, toffee, sweet brown brea, brown sugar, syrup, and rich brown malts. Some definite and rich floral and hints of amber citrus notes. Maybe some vanilla cream. underneath. (4.25)

Flavor: The flavors follows with strong an deep brown bread flavors of caramel, toffeee, brown sugar, syrup , and rich and sweet brown bread malts. There's pasry, strudel with a sweet nutty pecan and walnut flavor. Somewhat of a floral and amber citrus note as well. There is a mild hop flavor of amber citrus and maybe apricot? Sweet, yet an appropriately dry, smooth and balanced finish. Hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel: A full bodied mouthfeel. Not oily, but heavy enough and with respectable carbonation. Leans sweet, but smooth and drinkable

Compared to Schells' Bock 5/29/21: Pours a lighter and more orange color. Stronger aromas/flavors. More caramel, toffee, sweet bread, amber citrus, and apricot. Less brown bread crumbs, toast, and syrup flavor. Winner: Dead Guy

Overall: This is a delicious beer one of the few I've had from the Maibock style It has an intense and rich caramel flavor. Nice toffee, nuts, and floral and hoppy amber citrus & apricot flavor to support. Less toasted or roasted flavors like other German beers, as expected of the Maibock style. Has a decent body and a background sweetness that is not too overbearing. Quite a well balanced brew and incredibly drinkable for a malty beer. (Final Rating: 4.34)

May 30, 2021
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frankdatank1337 from California

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer about 10 years ago. I remembered it being great. You know what? It is! This beer is still great. It's like a porter but lightened up so it's more drinkable. Good stuff.

May 20, 2021
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Randygroves from Florida

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect malt and hop combination. Good carbonation and killer bottle design.
If you feel like drinking out of a horn or wearing a pirate outfit yelling arrgg.. This is the beer for you. Even puts hair on your chest :-).

May 16, 2021
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Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first maibock I’ve tried. Upfront a slightly sweet malty flavor. The middle flavors are citrus & dark fruits that are very tasty. The backend finishes with an earthly hoppiness that slightly lingers. The 6.8 ABV blends well. Overall, I like it and will continue to drink it.

May 08, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snulip. I can't find a date on it, which surprises me.

Pours a rich honey-amber, just slightly hazy, with a medium sized head that collapses to little more than a ring with a very thin island. Don't see much in the way of carbonation. Smell is tea, nuts, bread/yeast, maybe a very light toffee.

Taste is a little nutty, a little sweet, a bit more on the roasty/toasty side of the bread, a little bit of tea flavor. I get an earthy kind of bitterness out of it, which is pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is light, clean, but a bit still. Overall, very nice beer. And more than a little surprised that I haven't reviewed it until now.

Apr 22, 2021
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tryptagon from Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Looks a little more appealing than, say, a Bud Light. Looks like cider with a finger of foam. Carbonation active for several minutes.

S: Apples. Mushrooms? Tangy...

T: Foam is peppery. Tongue is lightly scraped by "terpenes."

F: Feels like a beer that is made by fermented spring water in the ravines of the Ozarks.

O: If you dropped this beer into a gladiator situation, it might get decapitated, but not until closer to the end,

Apr 19, 2021
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Grizzbeer from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a nice tiger orange with a thin head. Smells like a faint orange peel and tastes similar with a strong carbonated bite to it. It's still a very refreshing beer thats easy to drink. Overall a good beer that may very well see my fridge again.

Mar 28, 2021
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Drennett from Utah

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a can. Loved this beer. Very unique and balanced tastes of both malts and hops. Boozy aftertaste, but surprisingly drinkable for a 6.8% ABV ale.

Mar 27, 2021
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy burnt orange. One finger of thick white head with very long retention.

Smell: Sweet, yeasty malt with a tiny bit of orange peel.

Taste: Bready, yeasty malt followed by a somewhat metallic bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full and sharp with high carbonation.

Overall: A fine bock that hits like a brick, whether or not you want it to.

Mar 09, 2021
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MobBarley from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tall can enjoyed out of a classic pint. Canned on 2/08. An Oregon classic with a deep orange glow, a complex set of flavors including dried apricots and an oaky tang. Excellent mouthfeel with a zestiness that lingers.

Feb 16, 2021
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pmfox155 from Montana

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall an excellent beer if you want to enjoy a brew with strong flavors. This beer is one of the best beers from Portland Oregon by far, be warned if you are not used to a strong tasting beer be ready for something epic.

Feb 15, 2021
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JuanPn from Louisiana

3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

when i first smelled it, i thought of turpentine ...the color with the head, reminded me of dirty water with scum
the taste, is like watered whisky, but sweet and malty.....the IBU is 40, but you can't really taste it, it comes at the end

a complete division of taste and looks and taste way better than it looks

as an anecdote, i tried it once before, when i was a 17, i ended up pouring it down the drain, almost 30yrs later, i like the taste

Feb 13, 2021
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RyanK252 from California

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewery pint glass

A: Pours copper amber with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Fruity, spicy, bready, toasty, yeasty, slight floral and herbal notes, a hint of oak, and a little toffee and burnt sugar.

T: Fruity esters up front, apple, pear, apricot, orange blossom, and banana, big toasty bready malt, some spice, slight floral and herbal notes, dare I say a bit of oak, and a little toffee sweetness.

M: On the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: After all these years of saying "I'll snag that one next time..." I finally did! Let me just say that maibocks are not a style I'm all that familiar with so I can't really judge it to style. As a beer in front of me, it hits that malty craving for a cool spring day, but has enough of a hop presence to taste just as good on a warm spring day.

Feb 13, 2021
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Guardado from Mexico

4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a great color, even better when drinking it on a sunny day, the taste is very pleasant, some strong hints of caramel and lingering malt. One of my favorite beers with a great design imo (the all black can). The 6.8% abv helps on giving it a great personality, that of a beer you don't want to session (I mean, you can), but to enjoy about 2-3. Definitely one of the greats.

Feb 12, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Semi-clear copper with a good-looking off-white head that slowly settles, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Warm brown bread, melanoidin, caramel, some fruity esters, and earthy hops
Taste: A big, bready, and caramel sweetness hit comes on strong and soon the earthiness and a little melanoidin trickle in as well. Fruity esters linger as the initial malt and hop punch subsides before more caramel-sweetened bread close it out
Mouthfeel: Full, clean throughout, medium-high carbonation, and fairly soft on the finish
Overall: I dig it. This is probably the beer that put these folks on the map for a lot of people and though not ‘true-to-style’ as a Maibock (starting with the fact they call it an ale), it’s solid and well-made enough to thoroughly enjoy. Good bready malt depth, plenty of caramel sweetness, and noticeable earthy hops come together to make a tasty concoction that’s easy to find almost anywhere

Jan 13, 2021
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mycousinvinny from New York

4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours nice dark amber color with a nice 1 inch foam head and nice lacing
sweet and malty smell, with honey and caramel and dark fruits smell
taste of caramel fruits and malt

Dec 28, 2020
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ms2rt from Indiana

4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: slightly hazy copper color, poured with a 1" head that didn't stick around very long

Smell:. Not much there slighty fruity and floral

Taste: Malt forward, some fruity notes. Malt lingers a while, but not in an unpleasant way.

Feel: thin, not much there

Overall, an enjoyable brew. The higher ABV limits how many you can drink in a sitting.

Dec 26, 2020
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Dave87 from West Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All beers look great in a glass in my opinion. This one is no exception, looks great in a glass. The smell of this beer first had a strong hop presence, the more I had over time I got a lot of sweet malt also coming though. The taste was much the same, at first I got mostly citrus (mostly orange) and over time I got more caramel malt. Bitterness remains on the back end for a short time. Cheers

Dec 25, 2020
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